Saturday, 8 October 2016

The Farage Handjob Photo & Other Surreal Moments in British Politics


This photo arrived in my inbox with a caption saying that it showed Nigel Farage giving Steve Woolfe a nice handjob to cheer him up in hospital. It says everything about this week in politics that I had to think about it for a moment before I realised that it was a joke. Given everything else that has happened in British politics this month it is hard to tell what is real and what is satire.

First we had Diane James quitting as UKIP leader just 18 days after she was elected. That has to be some kind of political record, compared to which the supposed fight between Woolfe and fellow MEP Mike "Right" Hookem really does seem all quite normal.

I certainly fell for the line which had it that  Jeremy Corbyn had offered a peerage to Eddie Izzard and was going to promote him to the Shadow Cabinet - I even checked that one out just to make sure that it wasn't true, but at least I figured out for myself that Farage was not actually wanking Woolfie off, it was just the camera angle that made him look as if he was - I think.

In the case of the Shadow Cabinet, appointing Izzard would make perfect sense when you consider the surreal conglomerate of North London types who have really been promoted to that body.

In the meantime we had Theresa May putting aside all her previous enthusiasm for the European Union and emerging as Mother Brexit, the Tories embracing it as a way to overcome their disunity over the EU, and then a sizeable chunk of the Labour Party in the Commons doing the same thing. To be fair to those Labour MPs, they have seen the electoral writing on the wall and want to save their seats on the gravy train, but the conversions make that of Saul on the road to Damascus look like a laggard.

Is it any wonder that the photo threw me? Given what has really happened these past few days, a hand shandy shot seemed all too plausible.

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